Porterbrook news

News about railway rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook.

  • WMT Alstom Class 730 unveil - 300623 Milton Keynes - 730018 TM11
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    Porterbrook to finance Class 730 depot improvements at Bletchley


    UK: Rail leasing and asset management company Porterbrook is to finance a £66m upgrade of Bletchley depot as the principal maintenance base for West Midlands Trains’ Alstom Class 730 Aventra EMU fleet. This will include investment in overhead electrification equipment, 10-car and five car sidings, refurbishment ...

  • Zephir depot shunter (Image Porterbrook)
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    Zephir shunters to replace Class 08 locos at steel works


    UK: Leasing company Porterbrook has bought three Zephir LOK 16.300 depot shunters which will be leased to GB Railfreight for use at the Celsa Steel works in Cardiff. The LOK 16.300 is intended as a more sustainable option than the Class 08 diesel shunting locomotives currently ...

  • East Midlands Railway Luton Airport Express Class 360 EMU (Photo EMR)
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    East Midlands Railway begins regional train fleet refurbishment


    UK: East Midlands Railway has begun a £60m programme to refurbish its fleet of Class 360 electric and Class 158 and Class 170 diesel multiple-units in partnership with Siemens Mobility and leasing companies Angel Trains, Porterbrook and Eversholt. The Siemens Class 360 EMUs leased from Angel ...

  • GB Railfreight JNA X box wagon (Photo Porterbrook)_
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    GB Railfreight orders wagons to increase capacity


    UK: Leasing company Porterbrook is to supply GB Railfreight with 50 JNA-X box wagons for transporting bulk construction materials including ballast and stone. To be built by Greenbrier, the wagons are expected to arrive in the third quarter of 2024. They are intended to replace older ...

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    Porterbrook purchases Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre


    UK: Porterbrook has purchased the freehold of the Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre from St Modwen. ‘This deal provides absolute clarity for our business, our shareholders and the wider rail industry over the long-term future of Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre’ said Poterbrook CEO Mary Grant ...

  • Brodie Engineering
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    Porterbrook takes stake in Brodie Engineering


    UK: Rolling stock leasing and asset management company Porterbrook has agreed to take a 49% stake in Brodie Engineering, which specialises in the heavy maintenance, refurbishment and overhaul of passenger and freight vehicles. Brodie Engineering was established in 1996 and now has two sites in Kilmarnock, ...

  • Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre (Photo Porterbrook)
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    Rail Charging Facility to enable battery trains to use local power supplies


    UK: Porterbrook has announced a £1·7m deal with Siemens Mobility to purchase a Rail Charging Converter, a modular and containerised system developed to enable a battery-powered train to be recharged from standard local power supply cables in places where 25 kV 50 Hz overhead electrification is ...

  • Impression of CAF tri-mode inter-city trainset for LNER - image for illustrative purposes only
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    LNER orders CAF tri-mode inter-city trains


    UK: London North Eastern Railway has awarded CAF a contract to supply a fleet of 10 tri-mode 200 km/h inter-city trainsets for use on East Coast Main Line passenger services. The trainsets will be financed and owned by leasing company Porterbrook. CAF said the order announced ...

  • GB Railfreight JNA X Box Wagon 1
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    GB Railfreight takes delivery of 150 wagons


    UK: The last of 150 wagons which leasing company Porterbrook has ordered from Greenbrier for use by GB Railfreight have been delivered. The companies said on-time delivery represented a significant achievement, as the project was impacted by the pandemic, supply chain disruption, a surge in inflation ...

  • Long Marston asset management facility (Photo Porterbrook) (5)
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    Asset management facility opened at Long Marston


    UK: Porterbrook has spent £3m converting existing sheds at its Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre to provide space for rolling stock maintenance, modification, upgrading and acceptance activities. With full road and rail access, the Asset Management Facility provides three well-lit pit roads ...

  • EMR Class 170 DMU (Photo: EMR)
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    Asking passengers what they want from train interiors


    UK: A report into what passengers want from train interiors has been produced to help inform the proposed refurbishment of Turbostar diesel multiple-units. Built by Bombardier Transportation from the late 1990s, the units are widely deployed by various train operators on regional services across the British ...

  • JNA X Box Wagon 3
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    JNA-X box wagon prototype for GB Railfreight rolled out


    UK: The first of 50 JNA-X box wagons ordered by leasing company Porterbrook for use by GB Railfreight has been rolled out at Greenbrier Europe’s factory at Arad in Romania. The order was announced on March 15, and deliveries are planned in two batches in September ...

  • Class 43 New Measurement Train
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    Class 43 ETCS retrofit project makes progress


    UK: Thales and leasing company Porterbrook have announced the successful retrofitting of three Class 43 HST power cars with ETCS onboard equipment complying with UNISIG baseline B3R2. Following successful ETCS Level 2 Testing at Network Rail’s Melton Rail Innovation & Development Centre ...

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    Wagons ordered for growing freight traffic


    UK: GB Railfreight and leasing company Porterbrook have placed an order for The Greenbrier Companies to supply 50 JNA 60 m3 capacity four-axle box wagons for transporting construction materials.

  • Perpetuum sensor
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    Onboard track condition monitoring sensors on trial in Scotland


    UK: Hitachi Rail’s Perpetuum subsidiary is working with Network Rail, Porterbrook and ScotRail to test the use of onboard digital sensors to automate the detection of track faults. The self-contained and self-powered sensors mounted in trains running in passenger service use a combination of gyroscopes and ...

  • Chiltern Railways HybridFLEX DMU 168329 (Photo Tony Miles) (2)
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    Rolls-Royce and Porterbrook to co-operate on synthetic and net zero fuels


    UK: Rolls-Royce and Porterbrook have signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate the potential use of synthetic and net zero fuels in internal combustion engines and fuel cells. The companies will also explore the potential for ‘advanced hybridisation’, based on their experience with the HybridFLEX diesel ...

  • Chiltern Railways HybridFLEX DMU 168329 (Photo Tony Miles) (4)
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    ‘Cleaner, quieter and quicker’ diesel-battery hybrid train enters passenger service


    UK: Chiltern Railways has put into passenger service its HybridFLEX hybrid multiple-unit, which is fitted with a battery pack to store regenerated braking energy which can then be used to provide emission-free operation in stations and urban areas without needing new infrastructure.

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    Porterbrook appoints Chief Operating Officer


    UK: Porterbrook has appointed Ben Ackroyd as its first Chief Operating Officer, with strategic responsibility for all operational aspects of the business. Currently Managing Director of Trenitalia c2c Ltd, he is expected to join the rolling stock leasing and asset management company in spring 2022. ‘The ...

  • Porterbrook Hydroflex fuel cell multiple-unit
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    Two investors to take 30% stake in Porterbrook


    UK: An agreement has been signed for UK investment fund Dalmore Capital and Israeli energy and infrastructure fund Generation Capital to acquire the 30% shareholding in rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook that is currently held by The Infrastructure Fund, Utilities Trust of Australia and the NatWest ...

  • HybridFLEX Train
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    HybridFLEX prototype battery-diesel multiple-unit launched


    UK: Chiltern Railways has unveiled its prototype HybridFLEX multiple-unit fitted with a hybrid traction system which can offer zero emissions and near silent operation at stations and in other sensitive locations. Developed by the operator, leasing company Porterbrook and MTU PowerPack supplier Rolls-Royce, the HybridFLEX uses ...